Press Release • August 4, 2017


Philadelphia, PA (August 4, 2017) – Tickets are now on sale for the first  three Philly POPS shows of the 2017/18 concert season – A Star Wars CelebrationThe Music of Elton John, and Rufus Wainwright. Create Your Own subscriptions are also on sale today.

This is the first year that the POPS will offer two concert series in the fall months before A Philly POPS Christmas and the first time that a program will be presented in January.

“We’ve added a concert series this season to meet the increased demand for our shows — and this January Rufus Wainwright program — to cover more ground in our exploration of the creativity and magic of today’s American popular music,” said Michael Krajewski, Music Director of The Philly POPS.

Guests may also purchase Create Your Own mini-subscriptions to save up to 15% on any three Verizon Hall concerts, including the Star Wars and Elton John shows, plus Christmas, Rufus Wainwright, and spring shows (before they go on sale to the general public): Lenny’s RevolutionBest of BroadwaySinatra & Friends, and POPS Rocks. Create Your Own subscribers enjoy advance-notice of special events, flexible ticket exchanges, ticket replacements, pre-paid parking, dining discounts, and more.
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October 20-22, 2017
John Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. What would E.T.Raiders of the Lost ArkJaws or Harry Potter be without his signature music? The Philly POPS season opens with a thrilling tribute devoted to Star Wars in its 40th anniversary year, along with Williams’ other iconic scores. The program features the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and, as an added bonus, a visit from the fabulous, costumed-members of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion re-creating the Star Wars galaxy of characters!

The Music of Elton John with Michael Cavanaugh
November 10–12, 2017
Welcome back Michael Cavanaugh! After sold-out Music of Billy Joel shows with the POPS in 2016, Cavanaugh and his energetic band return to Verizon Hall to rock Elton John’s greatest hits, including “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Crocodile Rock,” and of course, “Philadelphia Freedom”. An in-demand artist who tours the globe, Cavanaugh earned Grammy and Tony nominations as the lead in Broadway’s Movin’ Out. Celebrated conductor Stuart Chafetz leads this tribute to Elton John, complemented with music by his contemporaries: Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, and more.

ONE-NIGHT ONLY: POPS Presents Rufus Wainwright
January 19, 2018
Rufus Wainwright – the vocalist, composer, and songwriter considered one of the greatest of his generation – will join the POPS orchestra on the Verizon Hall stage, under the baton of Music Director Michael Krajewski. The concert will contain highlights from his notable career, which has received critical and international acclaim. Wainwright has said there’s “no better instrument than an orchestra to help illustrate” his music. The 65-piece orchestra will accompany Wainwright through his unique repertoire of pop, art-rock, classical, and opera – “genuine originality” as proclaimed by The New York Times.

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will perform themed-music to support the concert prior to the show on the Kimmel’s Plaza Stage and will also be performing during the finale of the show.

About The Philly POPS
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

Now in its 38th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 100,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from the 1920s up through today’s chart toppers.

Outside the concert hall, Salute Series performances – including POPS on Independence on July 3 and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders event – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays; POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities.

The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.